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Coaching for College Students & Graduates

Academic coaching is an interactive process that focuses on the personal relationship created between the student and the coach.  The coach challenges the student to think about his or her personal and/or professional goals in order to relate them to his or her academic/educational goals. In this learning process it is important for the coach to encourage the student to become more selfaware by understanding his or her strengths, values, interests, purpose, and passion.– National Academic Advising (NACADA)

There is a type of ‘culture shock’ when transitioning from high school to college which includes: old ways of studying, writing, reading, taking notes, etc. that may no longer work in college. There are also different class expectations, such as attendance policies, participation, assignment deadlines.  For non-traditional students, the challenges include the balance between other life events such as work and/or family.  The outcomes of working with a student coach include:

  • Time Management –Student will create and use a time ownership system.
  • Anxiety – Student’s level of tension or anxiety when approaching academic tasks will decrease.
  • Concentration – Increased ability to concentrate and direct one’s attention to school and school-related tasks, including studying, will increase.
  • Study Aids/Strategies – Student will be able create and use study aids that support and increase learning and retention of information.
  • Test Strategies – Student will be able to use effective strategies to prepare for and take a test.
  • Attitude – attitude and motivation for succeeding in school and performing the tasks related to school success will increase.
  • Motivation – Student will have a greater degree of accepting responsibility for the tasks necessary for academic success.